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The next FA move
Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:54 PM
Cap on spending on the draft and international players
Shortage of TOR candidates in the upper minor league (while we seem to be stacked with position players)
These 3 reasons make me think our FO may be sitting on some spending cash for a starting pitcher either this year or next. Some reasons not to spend on the pitchers available this year are:
There are more, but those are some of the highlights of FA starting pitchers for next year.
I can honestly see our FO saving money this year in order to spend big next year, and in my opinion this free agent market is pretty weak. One question I would ask is: Why overspend today when there will be much more to choose from a year from now?
I know I sound crazy, but I am excited about next offseason because I believe that we will see the Cubbies make a big splash in the free agent market for the reasons stated above. Still excited about this year, as well, but I just wanted to point out something that I believe is part of the plan and see what everyone else was thinking.
Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:25 AM
My money is on Lincecum signing with either Seattle or Colorado he was way more effective back when he was smoking
Posted 08 December 2012 - 07:28 AM
Tim Lincecum - Is earning his nick name "Freak" because no one knows if he is really good with a bad year or really bad with some good years in the past. Not someone you want to take your team to the next level.
Wainwright, Carp and Halladay are older than you like and have significant injury concerns
Vogelsong - I know just enough about the new stats to be dangerous and last season determined that V was getting by on luck and I would be okay trading him from my Fantasy keeper league. Then I guess he was awesome this year. I still think he's getting by. And he's been around a while.
Morrow and Johnson I admit I know little about.
I agree next year could be our "Werth" year But we will see.
Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:30 PM
I think that Garza won't be traded unless he starts out the year pitching well and the team is not in competition at the deadline, otherwise, the Cubs aren't going to get anything near valuable enough to trade him. I wouldn't mind Anibal Sanchez, but he's probably the next pitcher in line for a long-term, big money payday. They may be better off signing another low risk guy and spending the big dollars next year, but I don't think signing Sanchez or a guy like Edwin Jackson would be a bad move either.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:27 AM
It's starting to look that way.
I'm afraid you're assuming that all of those pitchers will really be available as free agents next winter. Remember Matt Cain and Cole Hamels? Matt Garza might be the best free agent pitcher available next winter if he isn't re-signed.
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